State Highway 146 (SH 146) is an important regional corridor which serves as a major north-south thoroughfare, a freight route, and a hurricane evacuation route. The area surrounding SH 146 is a rapidly growing part of the greater Houston-Galveston region in terms of population, employment and freight traffic. In order to coordinate transportation planning efforts undertaken by local agencies to accommodate this growth, elected officials asked the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) to establish a partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the cities of Baytown and Mont Belvieu, to collaboratively examine current and future mobility needs.
The purpose of the study is to identify recommendations to improve mobility and access to jobs, homes and services in the SH 146 study area (Figure 1). The year-long study will analyze current and future population, employment, and economic development conditions. An extensive traffic data collection effort will examine the roadway network and identify existing traffic bottlenecks and roadway facilities with high congestion levels or potentially unsafe conditions.
The SH 146 Subregional Study will ultimately outline short, intermediate, and long-term transportation improvements to increase safety and traffic flow, reduce congestion, improve air quality, incorporate multi-modal mobility solutions, and enhance the aesthetics of the highway.
The vision of the SH 146 Subregional Plan is to improve mobility and safety of the roadway network for all users.
The SH 146 Subregional study will develop short and long term innovative and actionable transportation strategies through a combination of physical, operational and regulatory measures.
The recommendations will:
Figure 1. Map of Study Area
The SH 146 subregional mobility study will include a vigorous public outreach process that actively engages a wide range of stakeholders in the planning process. The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) incorporates a variety of meetings that will ensure that diverse public interests are being served, interested stakeholders are being educated, and that the comments and suggestions from the public reach the study team. A tentative schedule for the various meetings is listed below. Actual meeting dates, times, and locations will be finalized at a later time, and are subject to change.
JUNE 6, 2017, Baytown
The following issues were identified in this study.
|Major Issues||Steering Committee||Stakeholders||Public|
|SH 146 Congestion||X||X||X|
|School Zones (Safety)||X||X||X|
|Underutilization of SH 99||X||X||X|
|Heavy Haul Traffic||X||X||X|
|Additional Road Connections||X||X||X|
|Hurricane Evacuation Route||X||X||X|
|Hazardous Material Hauling||X|
|FM 565 & FM 3180 Congestion||X||X||X|
For more information, contact: Carlene Mullins, Carlene.Mullins@h-gac.com.